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Democracy Now! Thursday, December 17, 2009


Published December 17, 2009


Headlines

* Hopes Fade for COP15 Climate Deal
* US Proposes Conditional $100B Annual Climate Aid Fund
* Civil Society Delegates Barred from Summit
* African Activists Criticize Ethiopia-France Proposal
* Sanders Withdraws Single-Payer Amendment
* House Approves $128B for Iraq, Afghan Wars
* Study: Up to 56,000 Contractors for Afghan Escalation
* US Diplomat Sought to Replace Karzai
* Hunger-Striking Western Sahara Activist Hospitalized in Intensive Care
* Gay Rights, Anti-Coup Activist Slain in Honduras
* DHS Admits Improper Monitoring
* More Headlines…

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Bolivian President Evo Morales on Climate Debt, Capitalism, Why He Wants a Tribunal for Climate Justice and Much More

Bolivian President Evo Morales joins us in Copenhagen to talk about the UN climate talks, capitalism, climate debt and much more. “Policies of unlimited industrialization are what destroys the environment,” Morales said. “And that irrational industrialization is capitalism.” [includes rush transcript]

Voices from Small Island States: Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed, a Tuvaluan Delegate and a Youth Activist from the Solomon Islands

“For us, this is more than just another meeting,” said President Nasheed. “This is a matter of life and death.” Eighty percent of the Maldives lies three feet or less above sea level. The predicted rise in sea level caused by global warming could wipe the country off the map. The islands of Tuvalu and the Solomon Islands face a similar crisis. [includes rush transcript]

EXCLUSIVE: Leaked Internal UNFCCC Document: Global Temperatures Will Rise by More than Two Degrees Celsius

A leaked internal document from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change states that current targets on emissions reductions from countries around the world will cause global temperatures to rise above two degrees Celsius. According to the UNFCCC document, current emissions reduction targets could lead to a three degree Celsius rise. We speak to French journalist Jade Lindgaard. [includes rush transcript]

"A Naked Form of Blackmail": Naomi Klein on Secretary of State Clinton's Proposal to Set Up $100 Billion Climate Aid Fund for Developing Countries

Secretary Clinton said the US would consider contributing to an international $100 billion annual climate aid fund for poorer nations beginning in 2020 if the Copenhagen talks resulted in a comprehensive deal. It is unclear how much money the US would give to the fund. Aid groups say the $100 billion would be insufficient. We speak with journalist Naomi Klein. [includes rush transcript]


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